This is the future of furniture. 

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated: June 05, 2019
IKEA

If you've ever looked around your home and thought, "I just wish I had one more room, or just a few more square feet of space," you're in luck—IKEA's new robotic furniture is about to make that dream a reality. As a response to increasing urbanization and the fact that our homes are getting smaller, IKEA has developed a new robotic furniture solution called ROGNAN in collaboration with Ori, an American robotics startup. 

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How does robotic furniture work, exactly? Built on Ori's robotic platform, ROGNAN can be outfitted for multiple functions and can adapt to your needs with just the press of a button. At IKEA's 2019 Democratic Design Days, the company presented one possible configuration: with a sofa on one side and a walk-in closet on the other, the closet can compress during the day to maximize your living room space. At night, press a button on the touchpad and a bed slides out, turning your closet into your bedroom. In the morning, press another button and the bed tucks away, leaving you with a spacious walk-in closet, a luxury not often found in most small homes or apartments. 

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By allowing the same room to serve multiple functions, ROGNAN essentially adds square footage to your home—an estimated 86 square feet, in fact. "Instead of making the furniture smaller, we transform the furniture to the function that you need at that time," explains Seana Strawn, a product developer for new innovations at IKEA of Sweden. Rather than settling for a cramped living room or a teeny-tiny closet, this robotic furniture solution lets small-space dwellers have it all. Plus, as your needs change, the system can adapt. The platform works with the PLATSA collection, so you can switch out cabinets and storage over time. 

Ready to welcome robotic furniture into your home? You'll have to wait a little bit longer—the first batch of ROGNAN will be released in Hong Kong and Japan in 2020. Don't worry, the furniture of the future will be here before we know it.  

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